I saw this article today in the LA Magazine about a team of actors ‘turned’ headshot photographers (you know my thoughts on this).
It sounds like a crazy idea but in the city of LA anything goes. In all seriousness is it a good idea? Well there are a couple of things that make me question its feasability, I know it’s a big truck but it’s still a small studio that has lots of limitations on lighting and space (distance from the background). Also is there a set style that all of the actors ‘turned’ headshot photographers shoot in or is it pot luck on who’s available on the day?
The other thing that caugt my attention was the fact that this statement was made Although the Headshot Truck’s target clients are, per Hendershott, actors “from Arkansas who may not know any better” and that kind of makes me feel uneasy. I wrote about ethics in the headshot industry yesterday and this statement kind of harps back to that.
I understand that they are pitching themselves at the lower end of the headshot price range and it is interesting that Hendershott decided to launch his Headshot Truck because of his own terrible experiences with headshots. Once again I talk about this quite ofetn and I always stress that an actor should research headshot photographers very well before they decide to book a session and I think it’s imperative that the very least you should do is talk to the photographer on the phone to get an idea of whether you like or get along with them.
However saying all of the above I hope it takes off and proves a huge success and maybe it will change the way we shoot headshots in the future. Having recently gone through the trauma of a studio move, including finding a premises that are right, in a decent location and that are affordable I find that could warm to the idea of being mobile and reducing overheads.
– Is This The Future of Headshots Photography – I Think Not